The U.S. House adjourned for a 5-week summer break earlier today, but House Republican lawmakers stayed behind to talk about rising energy costs and gas prices. Republicans said they stayed behind to talk because House Democrats refused to allow them votes on their energy proposals. The House returns for legislative business on Monday, Sept. 8.
The Democrats have turned off the lights, microphone and cameras but Republicans will not leave the floor of the United State House and are fighting for lower energy cost for the American People!
Floor revolt: No vacation for House Republicans; GOP calls for special session on gas prices; Pence: “Prepared to stay here as long as we can;” Update: Pelosi crackdown?!
By Michelle Malkin • August 1, 2008 12:37 PM Scroll for updates…4:05pm Eastern…Pelosi moving to crackdown?!…2:00pm Eastern. 40 GOP congressmen come to the floor. Pence: “We’re prepared to stay here as long as we can”…Live Twitter updates from Rep. John Culberson! “Min Whip Blunt speaking now describing our bill to drill here drill now to get us through the next 10 to 15 years till we can get new tech…12 minutes ago from TwitterBerry…We are speaking without microphones - as though it were 1908 - acoustics of House chamber are good and gallery and you can hear us…Video here…
Just got this heads up from a Hill staffer. The Democrats may have gone on vacation, but House Republicans are on the floor today, working on behalf of taxpayers to push energy proposals forward. Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, is busy hawking her miserably performing book–currently ,1726 on Amazon.com:
Update:Rep. Hoekstra says Pelosi is gathering Capitol Hill police to clear the floor by 4:30 EST. Will the Dems forcibly remove Republicans who want a vote?? http://twitter.com/petehoekstra
TEXT MESSAGING FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR
Cong Todd Platts of Penn up now - he was driving home heard about this and turned around and is here calling for Congress to get to work
26 minutes ago from TwitterBerry
I just took a big group of Americans into the gallery to see this historic day on the House floor that you heard about first on Twiitter 37 minutes ago from TwitterBerry
House floor and gallery are full of Americans who came to the Capitol to see Congress work yet Speaker Pelosi sent us all home about 1 hour ago from TwitterBerry
Cong Rob Bishop says we have to solve energy problem for poor Americans who cannot afford 4 dollar a gallon gas about 1 hour ago from TwitterBerry
This cong mike rogers. Please stand up for an american made energy!! For our national security and our economic security!! Your voice counts about 1 hour ago from TwitterBerry
Cong Mike Rogers says every day Pelosi wastes America sends 50 million to Putin 200 million to Saudi Arabia 180 million to Hugo Chavez about 1 hour ago from TwitterBerry
We are not leaving the House floor - Cong Mike Pence points out this is a House filibuster about 1 hour ago from TwitterBerry
Go to cong Pete Hoekstra's Twitter page.and retweet his messages to your followers about 1 hour ago from TwitterBerry
This is a huge peprally to give America a vote - just let us vote - to drill here drill now to get us through the next 10 to 15 years about 2 hours ago from TwitterBerry
We are still going strong on the House floor about 2 hours ago from TwitterBerry
Min Whip Blunt speaking now describing our bill to drill here drill now to get us through the next 10 to 15 years till we can get new tech about 2 hours ago from TwitterBerry
We are speaking without microphones - as though it were 1908 - acoustics of House chamber are good and gallery and you can hear us about 3 hours ago from TwitterBerry
I am Qikking live now - sign on at qik.com/johnculberson http://qik.com/video/147257 about 3 hours ago from web
This is a historic first - conservatives will not go quietly home and neglect our duty to vote to bring down energy prices about 3 hours ago from TwitterBerry
Am Congressman John Shimkus of Illinois. We need American Energy and American Jobs. We are fighting for a vote on supply. about 3 hours ago from TwitterBerry
Now Cong Tom Price of Georgia - congress has gone on vacation while America is suffering w high gas prices - about 3 hours ago from TwitterBerry
I wish I could broadcast live video on Qik but cannot - no cameras on House floor about 3 hours ago from TwitterBerry
Cong Ted Poe now speaking - just give us a vote to drill here drill now about 3 hours ago from TwitterBerry
Minority Whip Roy Blunt reading editorials from across America insisting that Speaker Pelosi let Congress vote to solve energy crisis now about 3 hours ago from TwitterBerry
Retweet these messages - these are the only words being broadcast from the House floor today about 4 hours ago from TwitterBerry
Right at the stroke of five Georgia Rep. Tom Price announced that House Republicans were ending their impromptu protest on the floor of the chamber, ending a five-plus hour mock rebellion with a round of “God Bless America.”
The assembled tourists, aides and members in the chamber gave Price and his compatriots a standing ovation. They left the chamber to shouts of “USA! USA! USA!”
C-SPAN: Don't blame us for not airing GOP revolt
C-SPAN, the network of congressional coverage, wants everyone to know that the GOP revolt on the House floor — Republicans don't want to go home until they are allowed a vote on offshore oil drilling, even though the House has adjourned — is not their fault.
C-SPAN has just issued this statement: "A number of media organizations have incorrectly referred to 'C-SPAN cameras' being turned off and not providing televised coverage of the GOP House members' post-adjournment protest on energy policy being held on the House floor on Friday afternoon. Please note that cameras in the House chamber are under the control of the Speaker of the House and that all media organizations, including C-SPAN, wishing to cover events in the chamber must use the official House TV feed. No private media cameras are permitted in the House (or Senate) chambers."